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Near-record El Nino will shake up winter weather

In case there was any doubt, NASA released a reminder that this El Niño is big, likely to get bigger (maybe even record-setting) and that the weather is likely to be anything but normal through this winter for much of the United States.

A new set of maps published by the NASA Earth Observatory show that oceans are getting close to replicating the 1997-98 El Niño that’s referred to as the climate event of the century. The maps compare sea level heights of that famous El Niño to the one currently ramping up in the tropical Pacific.

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